School Profile

Hokkaido International School is a private, coeducational day/boarding school offering a Western-style education from pre-school through high school for students of all nationalities. English is the language of instruction. The school has an enrollment of 190, with 90 students in the secondary school and 17 in the graduating class of 2013. Students represent 30 different nationalities. Hokkaido International School was founded in 1958 and is the only accredited international school on the island of Hokkaido. HIS started a second, elementary school in the town of Niseko in 2012. 

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
1-55, 5 jo 19 chome
Hiragishi, Toyohira-Ku
Sapporo, Japan 062-0935
 
Telephone:
(81) 11-816-5000
Fax:
(81) 11-816-2500
 
Email:
his@his.ac.jp
 
CEEB Code (school code):
680175
 

Foundational School Statements:
  • VISION STATEMENT: To emerge as a leading center for authentic learning where academics, arts, athletics and attitudes are integrated into environmental and experiential education.
MISSION STATEMENT: HIS emphasizes active learning within an internationally-minded community.  We embrace a comprehensive approach to education by encouraging excellence and perseverance in all endeavors.
LEARNING STATEMENT: At HIS, learning is the process of making and applying connections between knowledge, skills and understandings through inquiry based, multi-age, collaborative and experiential instruction. Learning Outcomes: THE HUSKIES:

Honest Learners and Leaders who

  • manage their lives with integrity 
  • make ethical and moral choices 
  • are self-motivated and self-directed 
  • transfer knowledge and skills to real-life situations  
  • set high standards

Understanding Collaborators who

  • contribute to the betterment of groups 
  • analyze, evaluate and synthesize information 
  • work well with diverse individuals and situations 
  • actively participate in service

Solution Creators who

  • persevere 
  • self reflect 
  • demonstrate resilience and flexibility 
  • strive for innovation

Knowledgeable Thinkers who

  • show curiosity and interest in their world
  • are confident and explore new experiences 
  • demonstrate purposeful creativity 
  • use multiple resources for research

Internationally Minded Citizens who

  • display courtesy and respect for themselves and others 
  • are caring stewards of their own and the global  environment 
  • understand cultural and personal differences

Effective Communicators who

  • actively and empathetically listen, speak and discuss 
  • read and write critically and effectively
  • purposefully use technology 
  • express themselves through the arts 

Socially & Personally Responsible Individuals who

  • take ownership for their identity and actions 
  • demonstrate reliability and commitment 
  • manage personal resources 
  • pursue  physical and mental health

Accreditation:

Hokkaido International School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the Japan Council of International Schools (JCIS) and the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS). HIS is an International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and an International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC) school.

HIS' latest accreditation term of 6 years was granted in 2012

Sapporo University Partnership Agreement

Hokkaido University signed a partnership agreement with Sapporo University in the early winter of 2012. The relationship has benefited HIS students by giving them greater access to the facilities of a university, including sport, performance and library facilities, alongside an expansion of learning opportunities. The music program of the university has collaborated with high school band and in the summer there are annual opportunities of HIS students to intern in the university's English summer language program. 

HIS will hold it's annual Music Performance at Sapporo University's Prea Hall in the spring of 2013. 


Map and Directions to HIS

From Odori Station (the downtown hub station for Sapporo’s subway system), take the Nanboku Line headed in the direction of Makomanai, and get off at Sumikawa Station. The cost for a one-way ticket will be ¥240. (Note that the Nanboku line comes above ground at Minami Hiragishi Station and Sumikawa is the second station on the elevated section of the system). Get off the train at Sumikawa, turn around and take a moment to look back across the rail line you came in on, through the large windows of the station. Towards the crest of the hill you will see the green roof of Hokkaido International School. This should help you to orient yourself. Proceed down to the first floor of the station, through the ticket stiles and then exit the station through the back east exit, not the main, Max Value supermarket side of the station. There is a newsstand/kiosk beside the exit that you should use. The route to school is marked in blue on the map above. Turn right out of the station and then make an immediate left. You will walk past a hairdressing salon on your right and a fenced in house and garden on your left. Cross the main road running behind the station and walk up the street indicated on the map. At the intersection, turn right and look for the stairs and concrete walkway leading up to and through a small park. From the park exit, continue up the street towards the school, which is highlighted in green on the map. The school building will be visible from the park. The walk from Sumikawa Station to Hokkaido International School takes approximately five minutes.

For a printer-friendly copy of the map and directions above you can click Directions to HIS (PDF 336 KB).

 

The Community
Hokkaido International School is located in Sapporo, the prefectural capital of the island of Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost populated island. A metropolis with a population of 1.9 million, Sapporo is the biggest city on the island. Surrounded by rugged mountains and vast areas for outdoor recreation, Sapporo also hosts the world famous Yuki Matsuuri (Snow Festival) each February. Sapporo is the fifth largest city in Japan.

The Faculty
HIS has 19 full-time and six part-time teachers, Pre-K through 12. The secondary school has 15 teachers, four of whom also teach at the elementary level. Teachers on staff come from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, and Japan. Of the secondary staff, 70% have advanced degrees. Student/Teacher ratio in the secondary school is approximately 8:1 and average class size is 14 pupils.

The School Year
The HIS school year is 180 days long and is divided into semesters. Report cards are distributed twice yearly. The use of final exams/projects is an option for the teacher but is not required. From 2012-2013 High School is grades 9-12. Middle School is grades 6-8.

 

The Curriculum
At the elementary level the core of the curriculum is defined by the International Primary Curriculum. The middle school follows the International Middle Years Curriculum (IMYC). At the high school level, HIS offers a Western-style, college-preparatory curriculum culminating in AP offerings in Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, European History, US History, Comparative Government, Studio Art, English Language and Literature, and Japanese. From 2012-2013 HIS is offering outdoor education as an option in its high school program.


Middle School and High School Courses Offered 2013-2014
For detailed information on HIS Middle School and High School courses, please visit the Academics page and scroll down to Course Descriptions.

Middle School (Follows the International Middle Years Curriculum)
Core Subjects
Language Arts
Social Studies
Math
Science
Physical Education
Languages - choose one of the following:
Japanese, Spanish, English Language Learning (extended English)
  Electives - students must choose two of the following:
Drama
Visual Art
Instrumental Music
Jazz Band
Keyboard (beginner piano)
Creative Writing
Note: students must choose one drama, one visual art and one music course over the three years of middle school.

High School - Grades 9 and 10
Core Subjects
Language Arts - 2 year cycle of ancient and modern world
Social Studies - 2 year cycle of ancient and modern world
Math - geometry in 9th grade and algebra 2 in 10th grade
Science - 2 year cycle of physics and environmental
Physical Education
Languages - choose one of the following:
Japanese, Spanish, English Language Learning (extended English)
  Electives - students must choose two of the following:
Outdoor Pursuits
Drama
Visual Art
Instrumental Music
Jazz Band
Music Theory 1
Media and Publication

High School - Grades 11 and 12 (students select 8 courses)
Literature - 2 year cycle of USA and Europe
(can be taken at the AP level)
History - 2 year cycle of USA and Europe
(can be taken at the AP level)
Math Courses - Math for All Practical Purposes, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus
Science - 2 year cycle of biology and chemistry
Physical Education
Japanese (can be taken at the AP level)
Spanish
English Language Learning (extended English)
Outdoor Pursuits
  Drama
Visual Art
(can be taken at the AP level)
Instrumental Music
Jazz Band
AP Music Theory
Media and Publication
Outdoor Leadership
Online Courses from BYU (need principalʼs permission)
Study Hall
(need principalʼs permission)

 

Graduation Requirements (grades 9-12 for a General Diploma)

English: 3 credits
Social Studies: 3 credits
Math: 2 credits
Science: 2 credits
Fine Arts/Music: 1 credit
Modern Lang: 2 credits
Phys Ed: 1 credit
Electives: 6 credits


ExtraCurricular Involvement Requirement

Students are required to earn two EIR ‘credits’ for involvement in activities outside of the classroom. This requirement applies to High School students only, and High School students must accrue six approved credits prior to graduating (two per year.) Participation in HIS sports teams, sports teams outside of HIS, HIS clubs and activities, volunteer work, community service activities, and other not-for-profit activities for students can qualify as EIR credits.

 

Post Graduate Information

College Attendance
Approximately 85% of HIS graduates attend university, with 65% of those going to the US for college. Canada and Japan are increasingly attractive options with some graduates attending universities in Australia and the UK.

College Entrance Test Information
Recent SAT Scores by Graduating Classes with scores of all test takers included:

Year
2013
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
%Native English Speakers
24%
17%
20%
15%
21%
15%
8%
20%
Verbal Average
443
540
500
489
453
487
535
517
Math Average
536
620
610
618
598
556
650
574
Writing Average
437
505
500
491
457
Essay
6.5
7.5

Recent SAT II Scores by Graduating Classes, in some cases, scores may represent few or one student.

Post Graduate Studies

Recent graduates were accepted at the following schools:

2013
Arizona State University
Colorado State University
Doshisha University - Kyoto
Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture
Hongik University - Korea
Honolulu Community College
Lewis-Clark State University
National Taiwan University
Sante Fe College
Seattle University
University of Texas San Antonio
Vantan Design Institution

2012
Art Institute of Chicago
International Christian University - Tokyo
Sophia University - Tokyo
University of British Columbia - Vancouver
University of California - Berkeley
University of San Francisco
University of Washington - Seattle


2011

Akita International University
Dominican University of California
International Christian University
Santa Rosa City College, California
Seattle University
University of Alberta
University of British Columbia

2010
Arizona State University
Brigham Young University
Chaminade University of Honolulu
Ewha Womens University - Seoul
Hull College - England
Imperial College London
International Christian University - Tokyo
University of British Columbia
University of Santo Tomas - Philippines
Vancouver College of Art and Design
Westminster Choir College - New Jersey



2009

Depaw University
Franklin & Marshall
International Christian University - Tokyo
Miami University
Pace University
Ritsumeikan University in Japan
Royal Melborne Institute of Technology
San Francisco State University
SUNY - Fredonia
University of California - San Diego
University of Cape Town
University of Hawaii
University of Richmond

2008
International Christian University - Tokyo
Oxford Brookes - UK
Santa Barbara City College
School of Visual Arts in Manhattan
Temple University - Japan
University of British Columbia
University of California - Santa Cruz
University of Oregon
University of Rochester - New York
Waseda University in Tokyo


2007

American Musical & Dramatic Academy - NY
Chaminade University
Masters College
Purdue University
Sarah Lawrence
SUNY - Plattsburg
University of British Columbia
Union College
University of Australia
University of Minnesota

Prior to 2007
Boston University
Brigham Young University
Middlebury
Mt. Royal College - Calgary
Lewis and Clark College
Pomona


Reed College
Regis College
Simmons College
University of Kent
University of Vermont
Virginia Commonwealth

School History

Hokkaido International School opened as Hokkaido American School in 1958 when the local US military school, Camp Crawford U. S. Army Dependents School, closed. The school started with 12 children from five missionary families who were left without a school.

In 1962, the school changed its name to its present name, Hokkaido International School, and moved to its own new campus in Fukuzumi. Students selected the school mascot, the Husky, as well as the school colors, Kelly green and white. The gymnasium was completed in 1965 with help from the US government.

In 1968, the Hokkaido Government granted accreditation, and by the early 1970s enrollment was up to 70 students. In 1982, Western Association of Schools and Colleges granted HIS accreditation. In 1988, the school added a high school program by enrolling one grade per year beginning with the 10th grade. Grades 10-12 were added to the WASC accreditation in 1992.

In the early 1990s, HIS, with the cooperation and assistance of the city of Sapporo and the prefecture of Hokkaido, developed plans for a new school to be constructed in Hiragishi, and the school moved to its new and present facility in the fall of 1995, with an enrollment of approximately 120 students. The new campus also included a dormitory to house 20 students.

HIS celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008 with an enrollment of 200 students from over twenty countries, and a full and part time faculty of 25 from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Peru and Japan.

While the school has grown, it continues its mission to provide international families with an education for their students that will prepare them for study at college and university as well as future stewardship of the ever-changing world.

THE HUSKY PULSE